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to the fiscal cliff. >> major garrett, thank you. senator is live on capitol hill. >> thanks for having me. >> if there's a deal today, why would you vote to extend tax cuts if there are no new spending cuts? >> that's the exact thing. the real problem is the spending. if you want to raise taxes -- and the president promised in the campaign he wanted to do that -- it's to pay down on the deficit. there's no evidence of any of that. that's a major sticking point. the democrats are divided on tax rates, on the death tax, on taxes on small business and the republicans are holding firm that you actually have to deal with the number one problem in our nation which is the spending our debt. >> senator, the senate is reconvening this morning. how close are we actually to some kind of a deal here? >> i'm hoping that we get an arrangement and an agreement because the american people deserve certainty. what we ought to do is put a bill on the senate floor and let people offer amendments and vote on them. we shouldn't be here waiting for people to cut deals on back rooms. the ame
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of the focus on the fiscal cliff, a new bill to prevent the so-called dairy cliff is also in play today. the house is expected to vote on a one-year extension of the expiring u.s. farm bill. leaders from the house and senate agricultural committees have already agreed to the bill. if it's not passed, milk prices could double up to $8 a gallon. >>> a number of new laws are ahead for the new year, including one in alameda county that claims to keep plastic bags out of the hands of shoppers. new at noon, brian flores is live with a new bag ban and reaction from residents and a store manager. >> reporter: hi, david. plastic bags could be a thing of the past. starting tomorrow, shoppers are urged to bring in their own reusable bags or will be charged for each paper bag they use. >> happy new year. >> reporter: with the new year comes new laws for shoppers in alameda county. starting tomorrow, customers will need to bring in their own reusable bag. or if they forget, they will need to shell out 10 cents per bag. >> i don't think it will hurt my pocketbook. hopefully it will remind me to bring
together every 10 minutes. back to you guys. >> thank you. >>> we're less than a week away from the "fiscal cliff" and it turns out not every lawmaker left for the holiday. senate majority leader harry reid had worked on christmas at the capital on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all but the wealthiest americans. his plan would also include short term spending cuts instead of long term deals that had been sought. >>> president obama will cut his hawaiian vacation short today and return to washington to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. >>> holiday sales grew at a weak pace this year. the weakest in four years. mastercard advisors spending pulse reports that sales in the two months before christmas increased .7% over last year. a lot of analysts expected sales to be up 3 or 4%. but wait, there is more. when i worked in retail when i was in college, christmas was busy enough. but the day after christmas? it was unbelievable! cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san leandro where after- christmas shopping has already started. >> reporter: yes, brian. it started at 5:00 this mor
's a word that might apply to this entire fiscal cliff situation. >> major garrett, thank you very much. >>> republican senator bob corker of tennessee has offered proposals in recent weeks to break the stalemate in congress. senator, good morning, good to see you. >> good morning, jeff good to be with you. >> are we going over the cliff? >> well it depends on what that means. i think 98% of the people in our country can be assured that at some point over the next short period of time, their income taxes are going to be the same but this congress as you know has been more prepared than any to deal with the big issues our nation faces and what you're seeing is a lack of courage to deal with the spending issues. unfortunately, you know today the average american doesn't realize that there's 40% of government services that they're not paying for. only one-third of medicare is paid for by those people who actually use it and because there's been this charade going on, where the left and right basically have conspired together to shield the american people from the tr
to avoid the fiscal cliff experts say people here in california will be hit especially hard because prop 30 voted into law in november will mean higher sales taxes and income taxes on the state's top earners. the fiscal cliff would add to that, hitting all americans with higher taxes. >> i don't know there is a word to describe how pissed the public is going to be, nobody going to be happy to see that happen. >> if taxes go up on everybody it is not going to be a happy time but i think that is inevitably what is going to happen. >> the tax policy center says the lowest income people will shrink over 3%, average owners 4% and top earns about six%, secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to return to work next week, a spokesman for her says she continues to recuperate at home and well resume her work schedule next week. doctors say she contracted a stomach virus and became dehydrated and fainted and hit her head and diagnosed with a concussion and has not been seen in public since. >>> the contra costa fire county district has scheduled meetings to discuss fire station closure, four of
. >> some hope for talks on the fiscal cliff. with just five days until the country tumbles into automatic tax hikes and spending cuts the president has scheduled a meeting. danielle nottingham on the efforts. >> reporter: top congressional leaders are expected to meet with president obama at the white house friday. this would be the group's first face to face meeting since november 16th and a last minute chance to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if no deal is reached taxes will go up for nearly every american and harsh spending cuts will kick in on january 1st. senators reconvened on thursday with tension spilling over on to the floor. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. there's nothing happening. >> the phone never rang and so now here we are five days from the new year and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority lyddite harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker's number one goal is to get elected speaker on january 3rd. >> reporter: the two sides
you. >>> the fiscal cliff and other issues seem to be dragging down holiday shopping. forecasters predicted a big jump but analysts say it could be the worst in four years. elaine quijano has more. >> good morning to you jeff and rebecca. according to early numbers shoppers were not in the holiday spending spirit and some of the reasons had nothing to do with the economy. holiday retail sales grew just 0.7% this year far short of expectations and down from 2% a year ago. >> whether it was hurricane sandy and the need to spend on the home whether it was the tragedy in connecticut and took away the feel-good factor it was a confluence of events that led to a should have been better holiday season. >> reporter: in the densely populated northeast, where more than a fifth of the country's retail sales take place, homeowners hit hard by hurricane sandy spent more money on repairs than on holiday gifts. also dragging down sales was uncertainty about the fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid
whitfield. here are the top stories we are following right now. >>> that fiscal cliff. we are at the very edge. senate leaders are working through the weekend trying to reach a deal before the deadline. today president obama called on lawmakers to meet their deadlines and responsibilities and forge a compromise to avoid tax hike and spending cuts from taking effect. lisa desjardins is live on capitol hill. what's going on right now? >> reporter: right now it's all behind closed doors, martin. what we just have learned in the last hour, in fact, what reporters have seen here, a surprise. house speaker john boehner was here at the capitol. we're still trying to sort out exactly why he was here, but he wasn't here for very long, it seems. he left in the last hour. also, we were able to see some of senator mcconnell's staffers. i was able to speak to one of them coming in and out of these kind of closed-door planning meetings. he said they've been here since 9:00 a.m. they plan to work all day and we may see his boss, senator mcconnell, later today. that shows us kind of where things stand. i
on the fiscal cliff. we're just five days until the country tumbles into automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. the president has scheduled a meeting tomorrow with congressional leaders. cbs 5 reporter danielle nottingham on efforts to break the jam in washington. >> reporter: top congressional leaders are expected to meet with president obama at the white house friday. this would be the group's first face-to-face meeting since november 16, and a last-minute chance to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if no deal is reached, taxes will go up for nearly every american. senators reconvened thursday with tensions spilling over onto the floor. each side accused the other of stalling. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. we've not heard a word from mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> the phone never rang. and so now here we are, five days from the new year. and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker's no. 1 goal
as the fiscal cliff deadline loomed, january first. it would mean more than $600 billion in across-the-board tax increases and automatic spending cuts. >> come the first of this year, americans will have less income than they have today. if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed. >> warner: this morning, the senate's democratic majority leader, harry reid, was blunt about chances for a deal. and he blamed house speaker john boehner. just before christmas, boehner floated his so-called "plan b"-- letting taxes rise on millionaires. but faced with opposition in republican ranks, he pulled it, and sent the house home for the holiday. reid charged today politics explained why the speaker had not yet called the house back. >> john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on a firm financial footing. it's obvious what's going on. he's waiting until january 3 to get reelected to speaker before he gets serious about negotiations. >> warner: a boenhner spokesman shot back, "harry reid should talk less and legislate more." but late today,
and the president will not go to hawaii to avoid the fiscal cliff and ever continue we get past the fiscal cliff, round two is in a couple of months when congress has to raise the debt ceiling to keep the country from default. trace? >>trace: thank you, wendell, from the white house. joining us now is columnist for the congressional newspaper "the hill." i have to go on what wendell says, if you are speaker boehner and you walk to the house of representatives members and say there is kind of a deal but no spending cuts. how does that fly? >>reporter: that is the problem. what you see are words of hope from the republican leader on the senate side how we are very close to what has to be fixed, the tax rates. he is trying to put a positive spin on that. we knew they would be fixed. the worry all along was, were we going to see a replacement for the draconian sequestration cuts everyone hated on both sides of the aisle for 17 months. here we are, in the final stretch, the 11th hour, surprise, both have given on the tax issue because neither could stand to go over the fiscal cliff, the tax cliff but
days looks to be on thursday. >> ama: thank you. still to come, falling off the fiscal cliff. it's down to the wire. but will congress bow to president obama's pressure. >> and the i-team reveal while the state unemployment department won't answer your phone call when you knead the most help. >> the fight against the growing crime in oakland. what community leaders say >> ama: our breaking news from the south bay. san jose firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire in an important building -- an apartment building. firefighters say a second floor apartment is fully engulfed in flames. there's a report of one injury to a person suffering smoke inhalation. >> a family is grieving the loss of a father and son. the father tried to save his nine-year-old son who was overtaken by a wave. both victims were pronounced dead after rescuers recovered them off the shore. >>> san francisco police are looking for the man who robbed a woman, then killed her dog, last night. the 12-year-old pekingese was thrown on the street in front of traffic. a witness to the crime is offering a $1,000 reward to cap
and cheryl. >> thank you so much. close burke no deal. fiscal cliff compromise that could spare you tax increases for now and items lawmakers are still haggling over. >> despite presence of high clouds, fire works should be okay. i'll have the new year's forecast, coming up. >> thank you. skt new law going into affect this new year changing the way under aged party goers celebrate in california. >> there is no deal in congress over tax cuts and spending. good evening, i'm cheryl jenning autos so we're going over the fiscal cliff. kregs leaders say they're going to save us from disaster. everyone wants to know will we ring in the new year with more taxes? >> well, we will. and this for a while, anyway. the bush era tax cuts will expire at the strofk midnight. by tomorrow it's expect there'd will be a deal to vote on this, afternoon, the president called supporters to the white house to say an agreement to extend the cuts for middle class is very close. >> preventing that tax hike has been my top priority. last thing folks like folks up here on the stage can afford right is to pay an extr
. alina. >> barbara starr, thank you. >> hope is fading fast this morning for a fiscal cliff compromise. eight days left until we go off the edge. with the president and congress on holiday hiatus, things looking bleak. listen to joe liberman on yesterday's "state of the union." >> i think it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time, maybe ever in american history. >> white house correspondent brianna keilar is traveling with the president and joins us live from honolulu, hawaii, this morning. i'm talking to republican and democratic sources and they really feel like we're going to go over the cliff. what are you hearing? >> i'm hearing it's a very real possibility, and as you're hearing, they aren't even really talking, democrats and reyou public i had cans, the white house talks to senate democrats, but at this point, the white house is not in any real substan tiff conversations with both house republicans and senate republicans as all eyes turn to t
in this environment. thanks so much. jane wells. when we come back, find out how the fiscal cliff is affecting the euro's move higher. here's one corporate executive's view of the fiscal cliff. >> i'm the president and ceo and owner of canon safe. the fiscal cliff is going to impact me as a business owner. it makes me uncertain. it makes me wonder, should i expand? should i hire more people? do i need to lay people off? the bottom line, we're at this point in a lack of leadership. it's an embarrassment how washington is acting. i am begging somebody in washington, step up. be accountable. take responsibility. solve the root cause of these issues. get smart about your weight. >>> the graphic says it, market flash. welcome back to the program. let's look at best buy. the stock's not moving higher, but there are positive comments out there. rare positive comments from an analyst about the store upgrades. bby has been remodeling a number of stores. david chick says they are a real improvement from the old stores. he visited a bunch post, pre, and post remodel. he thinks these are pretty good. he b
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that lawmakers may not lead us over that fiscal cliff after all. coming up next, president obama draws a line in the sand. we'll explain his plan for averting a tax hike. >> thank you for calling. >> i team reveals why a state agency is too busy to take your calls. >>> a late afternoon meeting brings progress towards avoiding the fiscal cliff. tonight abc 7 news mark matthews has been looking into the cost governoring over the live cliff. >> remember, last year it? was part of a deal to end the debt ceiling crisis. congress agreed to steep a spending cuts going into reduce the deficit. cuts now are just around the corner. >> the president says he's optimistic but did f.a deal can not be reached he'll tell hairy reid to introduce a fall back bill. >> put a bill making sure tax on middle class families don't goup, that unemployment is available for two million people z that lays ground work for additional deficit reductions and economic growth steps we can take in the new year. >> the bill, as the president calls bare minimum isn't what many hoped for, pushing off until next year, larger pron l
in a row thanks to peyton manning. >>> the "fiscal cliff" deadline hours away but talks are stalled. can lawmakers reach a deal in time? >> plus a car careens into a packed funeral home over the weekend. what the teens in the cars were doing before impact. >> we're live in san francisco, where arson investigators will be looking into a suspicious house fire. we'll tell you what made things dangerous for firefighters. ,, ,,,,,,,,,, ♪ [ female announcer ] no more paper coupons. no more paper lists. [ dog barking ] ♪ no more paper anything. safeway presents just for u. ♪ save more. save easier. saving more, starts now. just for u on the safeway app. new year's eve. i m michelle griego. and i'm frank mallicoat. tis 6-- developing news from san francisco... ars >>> good morning. it's monday, december 31. new year's eve, i'm michelle griego. >> is it new year's eve? >> it is. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. it is 6:30 on the nose now. we have developing news here in san francisco. arson investigators are looking into a suspicious house fire. >> cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is live
to you. >> they certainly have. rick santelli, thank you. the fiscal cliff talks also weighing on the energy markets. let's go to bertha coombs at the nymex. >> we are seeing a little bit of a pullback here when it comes to brent futures, and also across the board pretty much in energy today. not what you would necessarily expect with the weaker dollar. the concern, of course, is that if we do go over that fiscal cliff, no deal by the end of the year. that we will see some recessionary pressures here in the first quarter. at least that's what the congressional budget office is talking about. nat gas is feeling the pressure after a strong rally over the last couple of days. we're getting profit taking there. ironically, it comes after the commitment of traders report from the cftc saying we saw the biggest increase in terms of net long positions in nymex futures. gold holding steady. not necessarily being the big safe haven play. but it is among the strongest performers in the metals complex. we are seeing some strength in po laid yum and platinum. that according to rbc because
and economists blame the fear of falling over the fiscal cliff. the consumer confidence index hit a four year high in october but saw the largest drop since last summer when the country's credit rating was lowered. it's a sign of what is to come if no fiscal cliff deal is reached and automatic income tax increases and government spending cuts go into effect in four days. meanwhile the president called a top four congressional leaders to meet with them at the white house later today with the hopes they can avoid this potential crisis. and in a somewhat surprising move top republican signaled he might be willing to compromise more on that when i see you next. >>> only on 2 in the north bay search teams are using a new technology to try to find a man who jumped the court me terra creek during a police chase. anthony donaldson was swept away on monday. he jumped into the creek to avoid a drunk driving test. >> really what it is it's the difference between the televisions we had years ago and newer digital tvs we have nowadays. a much sharper, clearer picture. imagery is much more defined than it
of the fiscal cliff. mr. mccain: may i thank the senator from maryland, as always, for her usual courtesy and i think she had a very important message and i appreciate not only the words themselves but her eloquence and passion. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senator from south carolina be included in a colloquy during my remarks. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mccain: mr. president, i, like i believe all of us just finished watching the president's remarks at -- i guess it was the executive office building. and i'm not sure yet as i sort out my impressions of the president's remarks as to whether to be angry or to be saddened. i've been around this town for a number of years, and as is well known, i had an interest in the presidency more than academic and i've watched a lot of presidents, going back to president reagan from the standpoint of a member of congress. and i've watched these other crises as we go through them, whether it be the potential shutdown of the government when newt gingrich was speaker of the house, we've seen these other crises as the debt l
about it. we have concerns of other social safety net as our congress is on the fiscal cliff and we're all bracing for hopefully good things to happen, as they've been happening in our world class city. so, i want to again thank salvation army for helping us be the world class city that we are, giving ourselves the world class heart that we always have. so, happy thanksgiving, everybody, and let's get to these nude turkeys. [laughter] (applause) >> thank you very much, mr. mayor. and thank you so much for being here. you can carve while i do some more talking here. if you'll pay attention to the marvelous things they're doing with the turkey carving. we have 6,000 pounds of turkey here, believe it or not, 1400 pounds of green beans, 1600 pounds of yams. it's been cooking for 4-1/2 days around the clock back in that lovely little kitchen of ours. and all that work did not disrupt the usual activities, 360 meals, 400 sandwiches for homeless people. they're still baking the brownies cakes and cookies. 300 delivery routes, 500 volunteers, 6100 meals to seniors and shut-ins. the meal, ro
heading back to washington after a break but e. avoid the fiscal cliff. official says they don't know of any significant strides towards a compromise being made for the long christmas weekend. >> president obama spent part of the christmas day greeting thanking service member autos thanks for the work. >> knowing there are steeper cuts and the president is giving it a last shot, cutting short his vacation, returning to washington, d.c. tomorrow to try to hammer out a last minute deal with congressional republicans. if there is no break through, every american will be hit with higher taxes. a schoolteacher with two kids and a salary of $43,000 will face a tax hike of $3,000. the super rich like lebron james would see his tax goes up more thanhóÁ$2.4 million this year. >> i want us to not go over the cliff. i think it hurts the country. >> middle class people shouldn't have tax goes up?(héq $2,000 a year, we should start making some meaningful reform on debt. >> going over the fiscal cliff mean morz than higher taxes. federal workers at risk of being furloughed and unemployment benef
'll have to pay if we go over the cliff. the fiscal cliff tax calculator. we've got it and will show you how to use it at 6:00. >> thank you. a work work -- new york woman accused of trying to scam donors by posing as a relative of one of the children killed in that elementary school. she's charged with lying to fbi agents this, is video of her leaving court. prosecutor says she used the facebook account, telephone calls to ask for donations for what she called a funeral fund. alba denied accusations when contacted by the fbi. 20 children and six adults were killed in december, on the 14th when a gunman opened fire in newtown. >>á[a6Ñ russian president vladir putin says he will sign a bill to ban americans from adopting russian children that. takes affect new year's day. that left pro suspective adoptivetçoÑñ parents in tushl . >> vladimir putin says he plans to sign a controversial new law banning u.s. adoptions. that dashes hopes and dreams of hundreds of american who's are trying to adopt russian orphans. many of them with special needs. officials have said even 46 cases will be
on that? >> as mike reported president obama is looking to break the fiscal cliff negotiations by giving an ultimatum to republicans either compromise on the budge deal or risk facing an up or down vote in the senate on a basic proposal that would include many elements that were previously rejected by the g.o.p. how well the next couple of display out and will the president's tactics work? joining us is jamie weinstein. what do you think of that? >> i don't know if his threats are going to work very much because even his proposal has to have the acquiescence of all senators. the fact of the matter is senators know whether they do something or not the next day after the fiscal cliff there is going to be a bill in congress to lower tax rates after all the tax rates expire below $250,000. maybe at this point it looks like the big win that the republicans might get, if you want to call it that, is extending that slightly upwards to $400,000 or $500,000. this is bare bones deal. we're not solving our fiscal approximate and not discussing it. this is going to be fought another day, perhaps in
the fiscal cliff talks? and some new years resolutions on congress. we will be right back. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty mh access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. gerri: it is official coming house will be back to deal with the fiscal cliff monday afternoon. harry reid asked the politicians to blame john boehner for everything. joining me now, chairman and cofounder. great to have you back. i mean, come on, harry reid was crazy today. >> american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it iit's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. gerri: how do you respond to that? john boehner quinones says to make everything not happen? >>
the impact if lawmakers fail to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff. bimultibillion-dollar aid bill may be a casualty of the casuemate. the ripple effects would be felt far from the fields. we asked anna warner to look into that. >> reporter: eagle lake, texas, depends on rice. it's been grown here since the 1800s. drought is usually the biggest threat, but the nervous talk in the drugstore now is about congress. >> without the farm bill, it really makes it uncertain for ehat you should do next year. >> reporter: steve is a pharmacist here and a rice farmer. the people are nervous. >> very nervous. wh reporter: what are they saying when they're coming in? what are you hearing? >> "what do we do?" you know, they don't know what to do. ht's so uncertain right now that the banks don't know what to do. the farmers don't know what it do. they're out there plowing the land, getting it all prepared for next year, with total cecertainty. >> reporter: at stake, $154 billion in federal farm aid and isop insurance, sidelined by the fiscal cliff stalemate. benefits from the farm bill also guarantee
. >> especially at this time of year. thank you so much. we turn now to political turbulence, and the fiscal cliff gets closer. congress now has six days to make a deal. they'll be back on capitol hill tomorrow, and chip reid is in washington. >> president obama will be arriving in washington tomorrow and both houses of congress will be back in session tomorrow. that will give them just five days to put together a deal to avoid the massive automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. >> president obama spent christmas day visiting with troops in hawaii. >> while back in washington uncertainty about the looming fiscal cliff continues. there has been to communication between republicans and democrats about how to avoid going over the cliff. before the christmas break, speaker john boehner was unable to get enough support from respects to pass his plan and help said it was up to the white house and the senate to avert the cliff. so now harry reid is believed to be crafting a plan of his own. it's expected to extend bush-era tax cuts. it would also include
fiscal cliff. there are five days remaining before hikes are scheduled to take affect. senate due back in session tomorrow nork indication of new proposals on the table. no word of negotiations sessions being scheduled, either. >> still ahead here at 5:00 a controversial battle that shut down a popular recycling center comes to an end. looming deadline for a 30-year-old institution. >> and a bed bug outbreak in the east bay. unique boot camp officials hope will use to squash a growing problem. >> a warning about hidden fees on gift cards that may whittle away the value. did you get one? want to see that report. the news continues in one minute. >>> a san francisco recycling center is scheduled to be closed this weekend. the neighborhood counsel's recycling center has been fighting falls for city hall to be shut down since 1996. the city says this operation has been attracting the homeless. saying they're hoping to turn it into a community garden. the center says collection day will be on december 30th. >> the city of los angeles holding a gun buy back today to take advantage of the out
, no deal yet after an 11th-hour meeting at the white house to avoid the fiscal cliff. the president before the american people. >> the hour for immediate action is here. >> just four days until taxes go up for all americans. tonight, what you're telling washington. >>> not again, a giant storm on the move tonight, tracking where and when it will hit. >>> scare at sea, the cruise ship nightmare unfolding, the captain who warned the passengers ahead of time, but it didn't work. >>> and at last. ♪ at last >> the american greats we lost this year. ♪ moon river >> the lasting gifts and the laughs they leave behind. >> everything you do, do it cool. stan
the fiscal cliff and how koit make milk prices double. then, dial up frustration. abc 7 news i team investigates why no one is answering the phone at big state offices. what is going on? that is coming up after revenge on abc 7 news at 11:00. >> that is very frustrating. >> that is this edition of abc 7 news. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm cheryl jennings. >> and i'm cheryl jennings. >> from the entire news this is "jeopardy!" introducing today's contestants -- a refuge affairs officer from washington, d.c... ...a cond... registrar from providence, rhod ...and our returning champion, a computer technician from dublin, ohio... and now here is the host of "jeopardy!" -- alex trebek! alex: thank you, johnny. ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much. and welcome. just in case you've been so busy this week with holiday activities and are just tuning us in for the first time,ek let me tell you about our champion, kris. he's turned two of his games into runaways. he has been most impressive. witness the $60,000 in winnings. so, nichole and allen, you're gonna have to perform extremely well toda
from wyatt, the fiscal cliff also includes 1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts. congressional democrats and republicans agreed to these drastic cuts last year, to force both parties to the table on deficit reduction. if they can agree by monday at midnight, the following cut take effects. over the next nine years, the u.s. defense budget would be reduced by $455 billion. domestic programs would be slashed by 464 billion. 1,000 government programs face potential cuts, including three that directly impact air travel. john bentley has the story. >> reporter: long waits at airport security are nothing new. but if the u.s. government goes over the fiscal cliff, they could get even longer. according to one congressional analysis, the transportation security administration would lose more than $640 million in funding, roughly 7% of out budget. t.s.a. with would also lose over 7,000 security officers. safety would not be compromised. the passenger misery would increase. >> it could be a severe impact on the traveling public. instead of maybe one hour, you may be there two or three hou
forecast. >> leigh, thank you. >>> the nation is now just 24 hours away from going over the fiscal cliff. the one-two punch of tax increases and budget cuts set to go into affect on january 1st. negotiations will continue through the night, and a top man at the nation's capital has been called in to help. our abc news reporter has the latest from washington. >> the clock is ticking. negotiations are on going. at this point democrats and republicans remain at odds. >> regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do thought go up that would hurt our economy badly. we can get that done. >> president obama called for immediate action, but there was that vote in the senate tonight. >> we are going to come in at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, and we will have further announcements perhaps at 11:00 in the morning. i certainly hope so. >> mitch mcconnell frustrated with the lack of progress called vice president biden in for help. biden is now said to be playing a direct role. >> there is no single issue that remains an impossible
the "fiscal cliff" crisis. it's coming down to the wire only five days until we tumble over that cliff. as cbs reporter danielle nottingham says progress is slow. president obama cut short his holiday vacation and returned to the white house to work on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." before flying home from hawaii, the president called congressional leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate
.c., thank you. >>> and remember, you can keep tabs on the "fiscal cliff" talks 24/7 by logging on to our cbs5.com website. >>> a new health problem for secretary of state hillary clinton. she has a blood clot. she is in the hospital in new york this morning. the clot was discovered yesterday in a follow-up exam following the concussion she had this month. her spokesman says the clot is related to the concussion but is not saying exactly where that clot is located. she is being treated with anticoagulants and will stay in the hospital for the next couple of days. >>> on the scene of developing news in san francisco this morning, cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in the excelsior district where a suspicious fire is under investigation. >>> reporter: firefighters are calling it suspicious because of how quickly the flames spread. you can see now crews are still here. we heard reports that residents did admit to having an illegal marijuana grow operation but an arson team will be investigating the cause of this fire. two people were taken to the hospital for nonlife- threatening injuries. three re
that had them using extra precaution. >>> congress continues to bicker hours to the fiscal cliff. we go live to . >>> good morning 5:29 on this monday the last one of 2012. thanks for waking up and joining us this early morning i'm kristen sze. >>> and i'm katie marzullo in for eric thomas. last night of 2012 if you are going to be out in the bay area probably a big coat, mike? >> definitely breast warmly, don't worry about any wet weather. good morning. as we look at live dopplerwq[ú, picking up dry air, also seeing high clouds put another halo around the moon earlier this morning, beautiful sight we've had several times over the last week. not fog forming but frost out there watch out for that during the morning hours. this afternoon under partly cloudy skies, upper 40s to low 50s mostly sunny bay and inland low to mid 50s how about traffic if there is any. >>> mass transit is what we can talk the most about, no delays across the board. there is no ace train today or tomorrow. muni on a saturday schedule today. all mass transit offering extended hours to get you home for new year's e
for that. >>> it is 5:17 now. >>> a bleak outlook for avoiding the fiscal cliff. with the new year approaching washington's failure to reach a compromise is affect americans' confidence. taxes will go up on january 1st if they don't reach a deal. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward -- it protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and laze the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would still be ready as far as the eye can see and hurt jobs. >> president obama said he will cut his hawaiian vacation short to hammer out a deal with congress with the deadline a short week away. >>> 5:18 now. >>> the nra is adamant about its idea of placing armed guards in the nation's schools. >> this comes as diane fine stein promises to introduce new gun control legislation in the new year. the head of the nra put the game on violent video games and problems with the mental health system insisting another assault weapons ban is not the answer. >> it doesn't work. diane fine stein had her ban, and c
. >>> president obama heading back to washington to tackle the fiscal cliff today. he will get to d.c. just as the house and senate expected to reconvene tomorrow. not much time left for a notoriously slow-moving washington to get something done. brianna keilar following the drama from honolulu, hawaii. she's there with the president. what is the latest. >> president obama is officially cutting short his christmas vacation and heading back from hawaii. tonight, hawaiian time, early in the morning on the east coast and returning to the d.c. area on thursday. as the senate is set to reconvene and all eyes really are looking there to see what senate majority leader harry reid can cobble together in order to get republican support to avoid the fiscal cliff. he'll also have to put together something that will get republican support in the house. this is a last-ditch effort and will be obviously very difficult if it succeeds at all. at this point, the white house still wants that threshold for income tax rates to be at 250,000. it's unclear, exactly what the senate proposal is going to look like.
a great holiday and thanks for that live interview. >>> well it is not just the fiscal cliff that we're closing in on. probably never heard of this one. there could be a dairy cliff beginning next year you could be paying as much as $7 for a gallon of milk. if congress doesn't step in. with all the concerns over the fiscal cliff, that we've just been talking about, several other legislative matters are falling by the wayside including a stalled farm bill. that includes the dairy subsidy and set to end january 1st sending us back to the 1950s policy requiring the government to buy milk at inflated prices and driving up the cost for everyone. >>> we need some good news. over to lawrence now and find out about rain that's coming. >> that big storm that's rolling into the bay area. happy holiday. yes, merry christmas to you and everyone and you're headed out today i hope you get the umbrella for christmas, maybe a rain jacket. you will need it today. already seeing some showers on the hi-def doppler radar showing up in the north bay right now. these just some scout showers really out ahe
. >> thank you. >>> there's more urgency in washington to get a deal done before the so-called "fiscal cliff" deadline less than a week from now. senate majority leader harry reid was reportedly at the capital on christmas working on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all about the wealthiest americans. his plan would include short term spending cuts instead of long-term deals that had been sought. >>> from hawaii. comes word that president obama will cut short vacation and return to washington later today to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. christmas day the president and first lady met with servicemembers and their families. the president told the marines he was grateful for their service and posed pour pictures. >>> recent college graduates are having a tough time getting jobs in their desired lines of work. according to the latest u.s. census figures about 2 60,000 young adults with college degrees in california are working in food service and retail. >> couldn't get a job in the field that i wanted to so i figured i have to start at the bottom. >> without higher paying j
on the fiscal cliff. just a matter of hours until we officially go over the edge. still no deal in sight. lawmakers scrambling this morning to put together an 11th-hour compromise or we'll be ringing in higher taxes along with the new year. jonathan karl is in washington. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, dan. with taxes set to go up at the stroke of midnight. talks went late into the night and will continue this morning. as washington teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, there is still no deal. as talks continued overnight, a voice of frustration erupted on the senate floor. >> something has gone terribly wrong when the biggest threat to our american economy is our american congress. >> reporter: the republican and democratic senate leaders negotiated all weekend long. the talks hit a brick wall. harry reid saying he was unable to even counter the latest republican offer. >> at this stage, we're not able to make a counteroffer. it appears that there are things that stop us from moving forward. >> reporter: that prompted mitch mcconnell to call for a lifeline. >> i also p
the fiscal cliff in just hours, time is running out for congress to make a deal. and what a difference a day makes. on thursday, things looked bleak. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate we have not heard a word from leader mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> we wanted an agreement, but we had no takers. >> o'donnell: it took a trip to the white house and a package scolding from the president. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> o'donnell: but by week's end, senate leaders agreed to make a last-ditch effort to get a deal. >> so i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> i'm going to do everything i can. i'm confident senator mcconnell will do the same. >> o'donnell: we'll have the
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